Jake Ferguson
Jake Ferguson  TE  Wisconsin | NFL Draft 2022 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Jake Ferguson
Height
6-5
Weight
244
College
Wisconsin
Position
TE
Class
Senior
Home town
Madison, WI
79.1/100
Player Rating
11
PositionRank (TE)
4.81
FortyYD Time
Receptions
46
Rec YDs
450
Rec TDs
3
Rec AVG
9.8

Jake Ferguson TE Wisconsin | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Jake Ferguson TE Wisconsin
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #169 Position Rank: #11 (TE)
40 time: 4.81 seconds
Height: 6-5 Weight: 244
Hands: 9 3/8 Arms: 32 2/8 Span: 77 3/8
Date of Birth: 01/18/1999 Age: 23.10
NFL Combine & Pro-Day Results
Overall Rating: 79.1 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
QB Rating When targeted: 104.2
Hands:
84%
Short Receiving:
90%
Intermediate Routes:
92%
Deep Threat:
90%
Blocking:
73%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 6th Position rank: #11
College Games: 47 College Snaps: 2637
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (80/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #32 Pos Rank: #6 State Rank: #3
College Combine Results
Dallas Cowboys Drafted: ROUND: 4 - Pick Number: 129 (DAL)
Draft Profile: Bio
At high school, Jake Ferguson was rated a four-star recruit by 247 Sports and ESPN, a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout after finishing his career with 1,795 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, he added 314 total tackles, 29 TFLs, 5 sacks, 5 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. He was heavily recruited and opted to join Wisconsin for the 2017 season.

After redshirting the 2017 season Ferguson saw action in all 13 games in 2018 with 2 starts at tight end. He was the Badgers' second-leading receiver with 36 receptions for 456 yards and 4 touchdowns.

During 2019 he started all 14 games at tight end and caught 33 passes for 407 yards with 2 touchdowns and had a QB rating when targetted of 101.2. The following season was shortened due to COVID and Ferguson started all 7 games and collected 30 receptions for 310 yards with 4 touchdowns and had a QB rating when targetted of 120.8. At season's end, he was a John Mackey Award semifinalist and also made the All-Big Ten first team.

In 2021 as a senior Ferguson made 46 receptions with 450 YDs adding 3 TDs and finished the year with a QB rating when targetted of 94.4. As a result, he made the All-Big Ten first team.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Looks to get involved downfield and will block multiple defenders on a single play when he can. Understands his role as a blocker.
  • Gets a quick release off the line. Dips his shoulder and shows some savvy 8 as a route runner to avoid contact with defenders g to get into his route.
  • Good strength and effort to run through arm tackles.
  • Good overall blocking skills and can hold up against linebackers - though can struggle against bigger defensive linemen
  • Decent overall athletic ability with nice height (6-5), wingspan (6'5") and weight (250lbs)
  • Offers a lot of versatility - has played inline, out wide, and even lined up in the backfield
  • Has good hand-eye coordination and body control to turn and adjust to poorly thrown balls.
  • Good vision to set up blocks and while he isn't quick enough to elude in tight quarters, and takes advantage of a defender leaning to spring for additional yardage.
  • Has smooth body control, an outstanding catch radius, reliable hands, and natural ball skills to adjust to off-target throws and make the impressive catch.
  • Runs solid sharp crisp routes and has shown extremely good, soft, natural hands. Consistently makes the clean catch.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • High cut frame and limited power in hands prevent a top blocking grade
  • His athletic overall athletic ability will limit his upside - doesn't have elite strength or speed
  • Gets dominated as a blocker by stronger defenders - sometimes looks like a bulked-up wide receiver
  • Not a mauler needs to get meaner at the line of scrimmage - but will at least be more aggressive in the passing game when fighting for the ball
  • Not a big YAC guy and lacks explosion in the open field
  • Is a bit high-hipped and slow to get rolling. Frame limits upside as a blocker.
  • A glider, moves faster than he appears but lacks the top-end speed to be a real threat down the seam. More of a short and intermediate-range receiver
Scouting Report: Summary
Wisconsin's Jake Ferguson is a solid prospect with a limited upside due to him being neither particularly strong as a blocker nor fast as a receiver. He does however appear to have very good reliable hands, a good overall football IQ along with nice length and the ability to fight for the ball in traffic. He looks like a player who will likely carve out a career for himself as second-string TE who will add a significant contribution as a special teamer. Expect him to be selected in the later rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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How other scouting services rate Jake Ferguson (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
160.2
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
10.0